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Poster: DJason Date: Aug 23, 2009 10:57am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public domain question

Why would something made or broadcast on PBS not be copyright?

It's true that materials created by the government are automatically public domain (official White House photos, Foreign Service publications), but PBS is a different (albeit government-owned) entity.

So no, you cannot upload the entirety of Ken Burns's history of jazz series. Alas.

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Poster: Fact_Checker Date: Sep 1, 2009 4:10pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public domain question (effect of Government contract)

Those interested in understanding this argument should read the text of section 105 of the Copyright Act. It's a short section. Section 105 makes clear that the U.S. Government can't get copyright on its own work, yet a work made by others doesn't lose copyright simply because the government acquires it, contracts for some use of it, receives copies of it, or becomes an assignee of it.

True, PBS is a government-chartered entity. However, when an outside producer (a production company, for instance) leases its productions to PBS, the contract doesn't result in a loss of copyright.

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Poster: wingsprint Date: Aug 23, 2009 11:02am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public domain question

well I was thinking more of

Commanding Heights (2003) battle for the world economy............three parts .....

a must see..........

but i do think Ken Burns is the best....and Rick Burns

Baseball

The Civil War

New York...Rick Burns

are my favorites.....Thanks for the Data